Archive for April, 2018

In today’s world of social media and with the internet being such a huge part of all of our lives, it has been important for me to make sure that I am always looking my best. It has been much easier to stay looking great with some awesome products that I have been shopping for online that ensure that I can put my best face forward.

The beauty and personal care products that I have been getting online have helped me to be able to look fabulous for each busy day and each selfie moment. I have especially loved the lotion that I got online recently. This lotion is perfect for giving me the soft and smooth skin that I love to show off in the springtime and in the summertime as well.

With some awesome natural moisturizers, I have been able to have glowing skin day in and day out. I love the amazing scent of the lotions, which is almost even better than the results that I get from the lotion itself. The natural lotions give me some amazing aromatherapy and they are awesome for waking me up in the morning and refreshing me in the evenings. My new lotion is an awesome lotion to keep dry and cracked skin away.

Aromatherapy for Cats 2

Author: Dr. Larita

cat 3You can treat your cat’s arthritis and fleas the same way we discussed for dogs. Cats often get abscesses, usually after a night of tom catting around, as well as some other ailments you can treat with aromatherapy. Here is a list of treatments that cat owners will appreciate.

  • To treat an abscess, put a drop of tea tree essential oil neat directly on the abscess to bring it to a head. The cat will lick the fur and swallow some of the oil which is fine because it will help clear up the abscess. After the abscess bursts and the pus has drained out, apply lavender oil neat to speed the healing.
  • To treat coughs and bronchitis in cats (yes, they suffer from it too,) massage along their back and chest with 4 drops of eucalyptus oil once a day until the coughing stops.
  • To treat a bacterial or viral infection use lavender, oregano, tea tree or thyme essential oil diluted with sweet almond oil and massage the cat’s chest, back and neck just like you would for a child.
  • To treat hairballs, add two teaspoons of olive oil to the cat’s food until the hairball passes. To keep hairballs from forming, add a small amount of olive oil to your cat’s food on a regular basis.
  • To treat a canker of the ear problem in your cat, try to keep your cat from scratching the ear so that no infection sets in. Clean the wax buildup in the cat’s ear if possible and to prevent a sore from forming from the scratching, warm a teaspoon of olive oil and add 1 drop each of chamomile and lavender essential oils. Insert a little of the mixture into your cat’s ear  and also rub it around the ear.
  • To treat mange, which is highly contagious, first either treat or get rid of all your cat’s bedding. Cover the cat in warm water (my cat does not like baths) that has 3 drops each of lavender, tea tree oil and chamomile essential oils. Coat all of the cats skin with this essential oil treated water.



Prickly heat is an uncomfortable condition that seems to run in my family. Thankfully, it missed me but my youngest daughter had it when she was a child and now her son has it too. She recently sent me a picture of my oldest grandson’s back and asked me what could possibly be wrong with him. He had a rash of tiny blisters that looked like little pinkish or reddish spots. My first thought was that he had contracted scabies from one of the many pets he has but luckily it turned out to be prickly heat. When my daughter found out it was prickly heat, she remembered she used to have it when she was little and how much it itched.

To treat prickly heat, the first thing to do is to stay as cool as possible. Expose the affected areas to air when you can and only wear cool light clothing when you must be covered. You can also apply a splash  made by blending 6 drops each eucalyptus, lavender and chamomile in a teaspoon of alcohol and shaking it all in a cup of spring water. A warm bath is soothing too if you add 4 drops each of lavender and eucalyptus. An aromatherapy bath is even better for prickly heat if you add baking soda to the water. When you add baking soda, leave out the eucalyptus and mix the lavender in the baking soda before you put it in the water.

I know that shea butter is great for my skin. I use it all the time but I had a problem remembering to use it after washing dishes because I keep my shea butter in the bathroom. I don’t know why I never thought to bring a jar into the kitchen to use right after washing dishes but I knew I had to do something right away. My hands look terrible because I like to wash my dishes by hand. I also wash my hands a lot at work and we only have these harsh paper towels that really dry out my skin. My cuticles looked really awful, they were all ragged and sore so I bought a jar of shea butter to leave in the kitchen window above my sink.

I always put shea butter on my hands after I finish the dishes now. My hands are soft again and I can more easily keep my cuticles pushed back. I bought some clear polish for my nails to add a finishing touch. I have no idea why I didn’t put the shea butter in the kitchen sooner but I sure am glad that it’s there now and believe me, I will make sure that I keep a jar in there from now on.

Aromatherapy for Cats

Author: Dr. Larita

TwinkleYou have a cat? Then you know that each cat has its own personality and they can be quite aggravating when they are not being quite lovable. Cats make wonderful pets and they can also help our health. Studies by Dr. Erika Friedmann among others, show that stroking a cat has a calming effect on your nervous system and also lowers your blood pressure. Heart attack sufferers can prolong their chances of survival if they have a pet and cats love attention.

Ok, thats the lovable part, now on to the aggravating part. Cats can ruin your furniture and anything else that is made of wood in your home, including tables and doors. They do this when they are shedding their nails and clearing the way for new ones. This also is their way of adding their scent to yours in the home. To keep this from happening, make a scratching post from a piece of wood (any old piece will do) but add essential oil of valerian to the wood. The scent of this root sends cats into a state of pure rapture. Cats adore cat mint too and if you have a little growing in your garden, you will see them rolling in it with ecstacy.

Naturally Healthy Hair

Author: Dr. Larita

If your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it healthy, your hair probably looks dry and flyaway. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat, and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Ways to repair dry hair include:

  • Using a very gentle natural shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on your hair (not your scalp) for several minutes
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits

frankincense2I have talked about frankincense in this blog before and the fact that it takes so long to harvest it. Well, now it seems that we may be running out of frankincense trees all together as well as people to farm and harvest the sap used for frankincense essential oil.

It would be a shame for us to lose frankincense essential oil in the name of progress. Frankincense forests are declining because of progress in areas such as agriculture and job growth or because other trees such as the Acacia tree grow faster and are taking over the forests.

Cancer begins when the DNA code in a cell becomes corrupted and shuts the cell down. Scientists have discovered that there is some agent in frankincense that can reset a cancerous cell and stop it from closing down. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could get a cure for all the different cancers there are in the world from something so natural as an essential oil? That is a really good reason for finding a way to preserve the frankincense forests in the Middle East.


Bergamot Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

bergamot blogWhen I first discuss essential oils with someone who is not familiar with them, I always tell them that aromatherapy is the specific use of the natural fragrances of plants to enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. Bergamot essential oil is good for supporting the spirit, easing the mind and healing the body.

Bergamot Supports the Spirit

  • Bergamot essential releases pent-up emotions allowing you to express your feelings realistically
  • Bergamot also relieves feelings of apathy and listlessness

Bergamot Eases the Mind

  • Take a bath with 2 drops bergamot and 4 drops neroli to ease severe emotional anxiety
  • Apply a massage oil of 4 teaspoons liquid shea oil, with 2 drops bergamot, 4 drops rose and 4 drops sandalwood to ease and calm grief

Bergamot Heals the Body

  • To clear and cleanse oily or problem skin or acne, mix 2 drops bergamot, 4 drops sweet orange and 4 drops geranium in 4 drops jojoba oil and apply it to your face or any other area with problem skin.
  • To cleanse and heal infected cuts or boils use a hot compress with 2 drops bergamot and 4 drops tea tree oil

Natural Body Scrubs

Author: Dr. Larita

There are plenty of skin care products out there that are best left to the professionals.   Salt and sugar scrubs, on the other hand, can be made quite easily in your kitchen, so for those who enjoy homemade products and custom scents, here’s your opportunity.  The scrubs are a way to gently exfoliate your body and promote healthy skin. They can be used before or along with your bath or shower.

The first thing you need to decide is whether you prefer salt or sugar.  Those with sensitive skin often do better with sugar, which is more gentle and melts away faster in the warm water.  Then, it’s time to collect your ingredients.

The basics of the recipe are sugar or salt, food grade oil (such as jojoba, grapeseed, or avocado), and essential oils.   You can use a variety of different oils depending on your skin’s needs. For example, grape seed oil is slightly astringent and great for oily skin, while sweet almond oil is great for dry skin that needs a lot of moisturizing.  You might also choose to use a bit of honey, especially in sugar scrubs, to help smooth out the texture of the scrub.  You can get creative with seasonal scents, or even add some coffee crystals for a little extra wake-up power in your shower.

Here’s a sample recipe:

8 cups salt OR sugar (raw or light brown)

2 cups jojoba oil

1/2 cup avocado oil

Your choice of essential oils (a few drops)

Honey for texture

Slowly mix the oils into the sugar or salt. You are aiming for a consistency that is wet, yet allows you to ball it up without it dripping back through your fingers.  Add honey and/or more oil as needed.  When you have achieved your desired texture, mix in your essential oils.

Note: be sure to use pure essential oils and not fragrance oils which are often synthetic and can be highly irritating.

Relaxing-diffuserFor the last installment in our series on eliminating stale odors in your home, let’s put our knowledge to use. Here are a few blends you can use in your diffuser to get you started. You can mix and blend to your hearts content. Use your favorite essential oil or the oil that puts your mind at ease to make your own special blend. Experimenting with essential oils is fun and you may just come up with a winner. These blends will work well to rid your home of stale odors. You don’t have to name the blends but it’s kind of fun to do so. If you don’t name them, keep up with the ingredients you use, as well as the amounts.

Fresh and Clean Home

  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops rosemary

Essential Odor Eliminator

  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop eucalyptus lemon
  • 1 drop lavendar

You can use the above blends for the above reasons or you can just add essential oils to your diffuser even if your house is not funky. They will lift your spirit and make you feel good.




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